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Elite Dental Group Program Details

Sept 1 | Kickoff Celebration—Innovation & technology within oral healthcare

Kickoff Dinner and Celebration—Is Today Tomorrow? Innovation & Technology Within Oral Healthcare

pulverSpeaker: Dr. Eric Pulver
In-Person Program
Wednesday, September 1
6 - 8:30 pm
601 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090

Working together, dentists, hygienists and assistants are well positioned to drive change. We provide point of care services to healthy patients on a daily basis. Providing radiographic interpretation augmented by artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as saliva based screening, targeted testing, interpretation and precision solutions offer an excellent roadmap for closing oral systemic health gaps and elevating oral healthcare within the spectrum of overall health and wellness.

We will discuss innovation and technology and how it's impacting the way we provide, receive and monitor care. We can all participate in this transformative change from reactive to preventive value based care. Together we have the opportunity to positively reposition our profession within the spectrum of systemic health and wellness.

Oct 12 | Dr. Gerry Chiche: Optimum Gingival Design

Decision Making Process to Achieve the Optimum Gingival Design in the Esthetic Zone


In-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Gerry Chiche - Virtual Presentation
Tuesday, October 12
6 - 9 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

This presentation will illustrate management of gingival levels through a case presentation. Discussion will address the options and the decision process leading to the final interdisciplinary treatment. It will be a direct continuation of the systematic esthetic checklist we routinely advocate for simplicity and predictability. In addition, we’ll talk about ceramic restoration, deciding on minimally invasive dentistry or not, and how it all pertains to the most appropriate treatment for the patient.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Choose between crown lengthening and orthodontic intrusion.
• Understand the impact of minimally invasive dentistry on the final interdisciplinary treatment.

Oct 21 | Teresa Duncan: The Evolving Dental Manager

The Evolving Dental Manager

DuncanIn-Person Program for Office Managers
Speaker: Teresa Duncan - Virtual Presentation
Thursday, October 21
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Practice leaders find their job descriptions change on an almost-daily basis. You’ll enjoy Teresa’s humorous take on what it’s like to motivate and lead team members while keeping up with all those other small details like collecting money and handling patients.

We’ll touch on difficult situations and find the humor in our unique and wonderful jobs. A no-holds-barred Q&A segment will finish up this fun and empowering session. Teresa authored the book "Moving Your Patients to Yes: Easy Insurance Conversations."

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Identify and remedy common leadership missteps.
• Understand why professional boundaries are necessary.
• Understand how patients can pose problems for the practice.

Nov 5 | Dr. Joshua Austin: The Mental Dental Connection & Beyond Digital Impression

Our Chamfered Psyche: The Mental Dental Connection 


In-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Joshua Austin - Live Presentation
Friday, November 5
8 am - 12 pm (Doctors and Teams)
Royal Melbourne Country Club
4700 Royal Melbourne Drive
Long Grove, IL 60047

Dental professionals often examine the physical aspects of wellness, yet we rarely explore or discuss the mental aspects. It is time to remove the taboo and face the facts: anxiety, pain, depression, and burnout. Dentistry can be difficult and take a toll. Studies show that dental professionals experience a high incidence of mental illness. Additionally, many dental professionals don’t clearly understand the mental health conditions that our patients present with, which red flags to watch for, or what to do/how to intervene. Presented in Dr Joshua Austin’s trademark comedic style, this course explores his own personal journal through burnout, frustration and depression in dentistry. While not a mental health professional, Dr Austin shares the strategies he used to improve his mental health and how they also improved his practice and personal life. Learn how to recognize triggers and warning signs. Identify essential tools and resources. Discover how and when to refer to a mental health professional. Explore and understand mental health terms, common treatments, and therapy options. Gain coping mechanisms and learn how to manage expectations—both our own and those of our patients.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Discover mechanisms for coping with personal and professional challenges.
• Identify and examine psychological triggers and their importance.

Beyond Digital Impression

In-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Joshua Austin - Live Presentation
Friday, November 5
1 - 3:30 pm (Doctors Only)
Royal Melbourne Country Club
4700 Royal Melbourne Drive
Long Grove, IL 60047

As clinicians, we often look at digital impression scanners as a replacement for impression material. While this is a fantastic attribute of digital scanners, this is a shortsighted view. How can we maximize the return on investment of our digital scanning technology? The answers are astoundingly simple and help us realize the true power of digital technology . . . communication!

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Evaluate the latest innovations and enhancements in intraoral scanning.
• Learn how improved scanning amplifies practice productivity.
• Discover how these devices can close the gap of patient communication.
• Realize the true power of digital for your office.

Nov 10 | Dr. Dania Tamimi: CBCT Hands-On Session

CBCT Virtually Directed Hands-On Session

TamimiVirtual Only Program
Speaker: Dr. Dania Tamimi 
Wednesday, November 10
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Technological advancements have facilitated the process of achieving diagnoses and it is becoming essential for dentists to be able to navigate through the new digital software programs and data sets. One of the limiting factors with 3D imaging is that very few of us were properly trained to thoroughly evaluate the data to be able to take advantage of what it can provide. This hands-on course will provide clinicians with a step-by-step process in evaluating three distinct cases to aid in diagnosing pathologies or abnormalities in three different disciplines.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Recognize signs of pathology like vertical fracture and root absorption in endodontics.
• Identify the most common oral pathological lesions.
• Understand temporomandibular dysfunction.

Material Requirement: Course participants will be guided through the type of imaging to prescribe to patients based on three different cases. These cases will be uploaded via temporary test licenses to each member’s personal laptop. For the best user experience, please bring your personal laptop to the session.

Dec 4 | Benji Dhillon: Facial Enhancement

Facial Enhancement —Making this a Reality No Matter What the Budget

DhillonVirtual Only Program
Speaker: Benji Dhillon 
Saturday, December 4
10 - 11 am

The art and science of facial beautification is no longer just about rejuvenating smiles. A reduction in skin quality and loss of facial volume over time leading to folds and shadows are common concerns for patients and consequently some of the most requested esthetic procedures. The majority of such treatments are virtually non surgical, allowing a great deal to be performed in a dental office.

Why lose a patient that you have spent time and money on acquiring to another practice, even if it is a non dental practice? Budget considerations must also taken into account, similarly to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Unfortunately there is a lack of understanding of how to elicit the priorities for a patient in terms of esthetic outcome and budget expectations. Thankfully the world of esthetic medicine offers many options for all budgets; from simple but effective medical grade skincare to minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments to improve skin quality such as lasers.

At the other end of the spectrum dermal fillers and botulinum toxins, commonly requested procedures, can be adjusted to suit all budgets and demographics.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Understand the spectrum of medical esthetic treatments available to integrate into their dental practice.
• Understand how to choose which treatments are suitable for which patients.

Dec 8 | Interview with Wall Street’s Guru on Dentistry

An Evening Interview with Stock Analyst and Wall Street’s Guru on Dentistry, Jeff Johnson

JohnsonIn-Person Program
Speaker: Jeff Johnson - Virtual Presentation
Wednesday, December 8
 6 - 9 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Jeff Johnson understands the economy and can relate this to dentistry and the affects on your practice better than anyone! From teaching ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, to an MBA at Kellogg, to R.W. Baird Wealth Management and Investment Banking, Jeff Johnson has forged a very unique path to become the most well recognized senior stock analyst in medicine and dentistry. He has offered to spend an evening with us, digging deep into the dental industry, to set the stage for decisions we will be making in our practices as a result of changes in the dental economic landscape.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Have a better understanding of the economic landscape related to the dental industry.
• Have a better understanding of how changes in the overall dental industry affect dental practices.

Jan 18 | Drs. Calamita, Giordani and Souza Jr: Digital Dentistry—From Concept to Reality

Digital Dentistry—From Concept to Reality 

In-Person Program
Speakers: Dr. Marcelo Calamita, Dr. Gustavo Giordani, and Dr. Adalberto Paula Souza Jr. - Virtual Presentation
Tuesday, January 18
 6 - 9 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Digital technologies allow clinicians to create a virtual treatment plan, visualize the potential final outcomes, and share the plan in a format that is user-friendly and functional for all the specialists involved. 

This program will provide a step-by-step process to implement digital tools to create an easy, efficient and predictable workflow, with references to the literature and illustrative case presentations.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Demonstrate how to utilize digital tools in case planning and discussion.
• Identify basic components of an efficient digital workflow.

Feb 9 | Ali Oromchian: HR Essentials for 2021/2022

HR Essentials for 2021/2022: Why 2020 Taught Us You Can’t Ignore HR Anymore

OromchianIn-Person Program
Speaker: Ali Oromchian - Virtual Presentation
Wednesday, February 9
6 - 9 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Ali, a renowned employment attorney, would not have been a Seattle Study Club speaker of preference years ago. Nothing personal—the topic seemed dry and boring! But the world has changed, and we’re seeing things differently these days. Many of us will agree that it is at times like walking on eggshells. State guidelines are strict and very enforceable. Ali Oramchian will cover top HR priorities and best practices for small businesses like ours. He will focus on the areas of hiring, wage and hour laws, practice policies, managing leaves of absence, employee performance management, discipline, and termination. What more could we ask for? He is terrific!

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Recognize best practices with HR policies concerning hiring, performance management, and discipline.
• Understand wage and hour laws and leave of absence policies.

Mar 11 | Dr. Alfonso Piñeyro: Flip it, Flop it or Full Arch it

Flip it, Flop it or Full Arch it

PineyroIn-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Alfonso Piñeyro - Live Presentation
Friday, March 11
8 am - 4 pm 
Ravinia Green Country Club
1200 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods, IL 60015

Full arch implant restorations have gained tremendous popularity for both patients and clinicians. Marketing, social media and word of mouth have helped make this teeth-in-a-day concept an enticing treatment option for patients looking to be done with dentistry. They want their teeth now, and as society watches home makeover shows complete projects in half an hour, perceptions can be skewed. These patients are tired of re-doing dentistry and are looking for an alternate solution—they are looking for a new house instead of staying with their fixer upper dentition. Many times, this treatment is not the best option and we need to overcome the instant gratification culture. Dentists have been bombarded with the full arch implant treatment modality in lectures, journals and advertising. With all this exposure, it could be easy to feel left out if we are not performing these treatments in our practice. It’s time to look at this from a completely different perspective. This is not your typical full arch implant lecture.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Implement full arch implant treatment as a long- lasting solution for patients, and a complication-free solution for dentists.
• Speak to patients about different treatment options.

Apr 8 | Dr. Ashleigh Briody: Oral Pathology in the Real World & Dr. Uche Odiatu: Your Patients’ Microbiome

Oral Pathology in the Real World 

briodyIn-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Ashleigh Briody - Live Presentation
Friday, April 8
8 am - 12 pm
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
2105 Spring Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

This course offers an up-close view into the most common clinical oral pathologies, as well as those which are less common and potentially more serious. After reviewing a comprehensive head and neck examination, ways to differentiate benign from precancerous and malignant lesions will be presented. Decisions about when to refer, whom to refer to, and the necessary steps after diagnosis will also be covered.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Confidently perform a head and neck/oral cancer screening exam.
• Differentiate benign lesions from precancerous and malignant lesions.

Dr-Uche-OdiatuYour Patients’ Microbiome: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know

In-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Uche Odiatu - Live Presentation
Friday, April 8
1 - 4 pm
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
2105 Spring Rd, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Do your patients have the guts to douse the flames of inflammation? Our patients’ gut flora make very powerful anti-inflammatory agents when fed key nutrients. Learn what impacts gut integrity: antibiotics, jet lag, fast food, artificial sweeteners & what we dental professionals can do! The latest science from the National Institute of Health shows the microbiome impacts overall health as much as our genes. The new science of the microbiome is shaking the foundation of medicine and nutrition. Few understand the scope of the new science, but you can be one of the first to act on this new information. Dental industry people are the key professionals to ensure optimum functioning of the masticatory system. And it’s what we eat that has the biggest impact on our microbiome. Attend this insightful session, learn the new science, enjoy a novel path to lower your patients’ inflammatory burden and just maybe kick your own health up a notch.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Gain insight into the science of the human microbiome.
• Learn why NEW findings about patients’ gut flora are shaking the very foundation of health care and nutrition.
• Learn motivational interview techniques to inspire long-term positive change in patients’ health habits.
• Expand new patient exams with important lifestyle questions to engage their patients and to support successful treatment outcomes.
• Understand why the dental professional is perfectly positioned to help ALL people live more vibrant lives NOW.

May 19 | Final Dinner—Livestream with Dr. Sree Koka

Final Dinner: Where Does the Rock Go When the Rock Needs Help? Living and Leading Yourself and Others Through Tough Times - An Evening Livestream

kokaIn-Person Program
Speaker: Dr. Sree Koka - Virtual Presentation
Thursday, May 19
6 - 9 pm
Office of Dr. Scott Frank
1411 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Our dental degrees do not prepare us to tackle myriad challenges. In everyday dental practice and in our lives, we may be struggling to know what we should do and how we should behave with our patients, staff and loved ones. The shadow questions of what we should not do and how we should not behave add additional stress.

To be successful, we need to be leaders, and as leaders, others look to us for the answers to walk them through tough times and challenges. So, during a time when we need a type of help we have never needed before, and acknowledging that leading through crisis requires a special set of skills, where do we go for this help? Join Dr Koka to learn about the tools that are available to take better care of ourselves.

Upon completion of this session, attendees should be able to:

• Describe the impact of stress on maintaining overall health.
• Demonstrate the importance of permission.
• Identify ways to build resilience that prevent or address overwhelming stress.

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